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Farloe looks like ace up Gordon's sleeve

The pups dominate the scene again this evening, with the semi-finals of the Red Mills Champion Unraced the big attractions at Kilkenny.

As ever, this event has thrown up a number of classy youngsters, and we are promised two very exciting contests. Farloe Ace could be a real star of the future and it will be interesting to see how he copes in what is the toughest assignment of his career to date.

He is involved in a tough second heat with Barefoot Bandit and Clerihan Bullets.

The latter has good early pace and is the likely leader, while the other two will be finishing fast. However, Pat Gordon's Farloe Ace looks to have an extra gear and he may be the one.

Paul Hennessy, trainer of Barefoot Bandit, has Priceless Bolt in the first semi-final and this home-bred owned by Bryan and Kathleen Murphy is ideally drawn on the inside to grab an early lead from the outside-drawn Oakfield Grundy.

There will be plenty of Irish interest at Wimbledon over the weekend, with our raiders having trials and also contesting Trial Stakes in advance of the English Derby.

Tyrur Sugar Ray is due to trial this evening and is likely to have another spin around next week. Ballymac Vic will be having a second spin tomorrow after doing an impressive sprint trial for Liam Dowling on Wednesday. Hennessy will have four dogs in action tomorrow.

Money Talks (T1), Priceless Rumble (T6) and Priceless Sky (T1) will be contesting Trial Stakes, while Priceless Pilot will have a pre-racing trial.

Best bets

The semi-finals of the €5,000 DGOBA Dublin Cup will be run at Harold's Cross this evening, and best bet of the heats should be the John O'Flynn Jnr-trained Natureofthetrade (9.18).

This bitch has won four of her six races to date and really powered home from the third bend last week.

There will be the usual 13-race card at the Cross this evening, and two other likely bets are Liam O'Rourke's Ballymac Niall (8.24) in the sprint and Kevin Losty's Kilduff Scarlet (10.28) in the concluding 550.

€20,000 Jackpot

The Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot will be a guaranteed €20,000 tomorrow night. The races involved will be the regular fifth, sixth and seventh at Shelbourne and the eighth, ninth and 10th from Limerick.

Oaks entries

The Sporting Press Irish Oaks will start next Thursday at Shelbourne, and entries for the €25,000-to-the-winner Classic will close on Tuesday morning. No doubt most of the finalists in tomorrow's Healthcare & Transport Service Puppy Oaks will be entered.

Irish Independent